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Jalal is Lib Dem choice for London mayor

PUBLISHED: 15:30 04 January 2008 | UPDATED: 11:07 13 July 2010

A FORMER deputy leader of Tower Hamlets council has been selected Liberal Democrat candidate for the London Assembly s City and London East seat. Rajonuddin Jalal was a councillor from 1990 to 1998, when as Deputy Leader he chaired the Town Hall s regener

A FORMER deputy leader of Tower Hamlets council has been selected Liberal Democrat candidate for the London Assembly's City and London East seat.

Rajonuddin Jalal was a councillor from 1990 to 1998, when as Deputy Leader he chaired the Town Hall's regeneration committee.

He was also the East End's representative on the former London Docklands Development Corporation which oversaw the massive Docklands regeneration in the 1990s.

But now Jalal, a regeneration officer for another London local authority, has turned his attention to the East End's ethnic Asian and other minority communities.

"The gap between rich and poor in City and East London under Ken Livingstone has widened," he said.

"The Mayor of London has given away millions of taxpayers' money - but how many black, Asian and ethnic minority Londoners have better opportunities because of it?

"The priorities are homelessness, overcrowding and the housing needs of young people."

He is calling for "better targeted" funds aimed at ethnic minorities.

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